Originally released for Nintendo DS and Playstation Vita, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Universe in Peril was recently released for iOS. Having just played a somewhat similar game called LEGO Batman: DC Super Heroes, my five-year-old son, nine-year-old daughter and I were very excited to play the game. Not minding the space requirements on our iPads (1.19GB), we immediately cleared room and installed the game and learned that LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is a great follow-up to LEGO Batman. It’s bigger, more fun, more exciting, and has more characters. Plus, it comes with an original story accompanied by CG animations of the different characters with their witty and entertaining dialogues.
Enough with the long intro; let’s get down to the business of reviewing this great iOS game.
First off, the storyline goes a little something like this, Loki and other Marvel villains are up to something evil. Your job—being on the side of the Marvel Super Heroes—is to stop the bad guys. To do this, you must complete 45 action-packed missions. Each of these missions have pre-determined Marvel characters that you can play as your main player. Together with this main character, you’ll be able to select a partner to form a Tag team of sort, with whom you’ll be able to pull-off a cool tag team attacks.
You can only select characters if you have unlocked them, and each character has a certain number of bricks required for purchase to become one of your playable tag team characters. Don’t worry about accumulating those bricks, though, as you’ll get plenty as you play the game; you won’t even need to partake of the game’s IAP to get tons of bricks.
The 45 missions in the game are grouped into sets of three which you can unlock by gaining enough bricks. Each of the missions have sub-missions which will require you to fulfill certain requirements to gain the yellow bricks needed to advance into the game and open locked missions. The sub-missions vary from rescuing civilians (including Stan Lee), to beating the level within a specified time, to finishing the level unharmed.
When it comes to game difficulty, I would have to say it’s easier than the LEGO Batman DC Super Heroes game. There are puzzles to solve, none of which are that difficult. It’s more of a straight-out, beat ’em up type of game where all you need is to keep your characters as healthy as possible.
Speaking of keeping your characters healthy, you can do so by destroying Lego bricks and earning red hearts.
In the controls department. The game offers the usual touch interface where you can control your character to move or attack an enemy via touch gesture. The good news here is that aside from touch control, the game also has the virtual control pad lifted from the Nintendo DS/Playstation Vita. This makes playing the game even more exciting and fun.
To sum up, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Universe in Peril is definitely a great game which can be enjoyed whether or not you’re a fan of the LEGO video games. It has everything you look for in a solid, action-adventure game for iOS. Grab it now.
Seller: Warner Bros
Requirements: iOS 7.0 or later
Compatibility: iPhone, iPod touch and iPad
File Size: 1.19 GB
Age Rating: 9+